Artistic and Advocacy Director

We are seeking an Artistic and Advocacy Director to be the public face of Artsource and effectively promote its aims. The position will fulfil representation and advocacy functions, and build relationships with a variety of people, from members and staff, corporate executives, government officials, politicians, policy makers and opinion formers. As Artsource embarks on a period of transformation, the Artistic and Advocacy Director leads change for the organisation and sector.

A prime role of the Artistic and Advocacy Director for the next two years is to enable and execute the RISE Project, a two-year funded program that is in response to COVID-19 which will include:

  • Exhibitions, workshops, arts events and a Festival that responds to current needs and demands of artists and the community, and
  • Reimagine and develop new ways of presenting programmes and opportunities, to maximise reach and access to audiences in metro, regional and remote areas, and beyond to Australia through livestreaming capacity.


You will be located at our headquarters at Old Customs House, an iconic heritage-listed building in the heart of Fremantle, which is also home to 25 visual artists studios and the Atrium Gallery. From young and emerging graduates, and artists whose diverse practices include traditional genres to cross-art form collaborations, experimental or performance-based work, to literature and music: the Old Customs House is a hot house of talent. This role provides the opportunity to be at the centre of a thriving creative hub.

Artsource, over its 35-year history, has supported and is proud to be associated with thousands of the finest West Australian artists. The Artistic and Advocacy Director's role extends to the far corners of Western Australia, in promoting the image and raising the profile of Western Australian artists nationally and internationally. This role provides the successful applicant with the opportunity to engage in local, national and international discourse and connect with industry experts and leaders.

The Role

A prime role of the Artistic and Advocacy Director is to motivate staff and volunteers, with personal drive and energy, in order to deliver Artsource’s mission as per the agreed Budget. The Artistic and Advocacy Director will develop and manage the artistic programming of exhibitions and events, and audience development. The position requires a demonstrated capability and innovation in art gallery exhibition programming. The position holder will transform and reimagine new ways to deliver existing programs to reach wider audiences by providing accessible digital experiences.

The role will develop and oversee the implementation of the educational and professional development programs for artists and community, including industry partnership with secondary and higher educational institutions for the development of professional placement programs. The role requires an understanding of delivery systems for the dissemination of knowledge, such as global online marketing platforms and learning management systems.

The role holder requires an understanding of the needs and issues facing contemporary visual artists, and the ability to quickly get up to speed with the specific membership needs, and the nature and aims of the services provided. The role requires a broad understanding of arts policy, arts trends, recent research, practices, forms and artists, from global, international, national and local perspectives, and of the impact of these influences on the visual arts in WA. The position requires the holder to have the ability to advocate and engage in dialogue, particularly with government and policy makers to influence and enact change and opportunities to improve the working lives of West Australian artists.

  • More information: please contact or call on 0411 429 580.
  • Apply:  Send all applications, outlining your suitability for this role by Monday the 12th of July to
  • For a confidential discussion: about the role, please contact Kirrily 0411 429 580.
  • Please note, we reserve the right to engage with potential applicants and commence shortlisting prior to the closing date
  • More info: Strategic Plan 2020-2024 (PDF) 


Artsource is a service organisation supporting visual artists in Western Australia. Based in Fremantle, we have a 35-year record of success in delivering practical, professional services that support over 800 artists to develop sustainable careers.

In 2020 Artsource Board developed a new Strategic Plan 2020-2024. Our vision: Creative Connected Change signals a new direction for Artsource that invites and connects arts with community and illuminates our understanding of the importance of inclusion, accessibility and equity of opportunity for all.


This project has been funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and the Arts WA.